Monday, July 27, 2015

Flower Power

As you can see my pink obsession continues with this outfit. I tried this dress on over the weekend after seeing a girl wearing it at the Finders Keepers Market who looked drop dead gorgeous in it, I basically bee lined immediately to the closest Gorman to try it on. When I had previously seen it on the rack in stores I had assumed that it wouldn't suit my shape as I usually favour a-line styles. Well how wrong was I? As I stepped out of the change room to show Henry I was racking my brain on how to somehow make a quick $200 to buy it as I was currently -$11 in my bank account and well I NEEDED THE DRESS! As luck would have it I ended up being offered some much needed freelance work that night that allowed me to buy it before my size sold out as it is on sale. I love lucky moments like those, as I apparently grabbed one of the last size 14's in the state and that size is now sold out online. So lucky!

Outfit details
Pink leather jacket Gorman
Pink splotch dress Gorman 'wigwam' knit dress
Navy skivvy Uniqlo HeatTech
Navy tights City Chic
Metallic Lilac Bag Maude Studio
Pink Brogues Topshop
Pink pom pom earrings Poms Jewellery
Pink glasses Bespecd Nara's in Rose Pink
Pink chain necklace House of Baulch closing sale

How awesome is the beautiful flower wall behind me? It was bitterly cold and raining on Sunday when Henry and I were in the city trying to work out what to do and where to shoot my outfit. Originally we had planned on going to the Botanical Gardens but were forced back on the tram just as we got there by the rain so we decided to check out some art at the nearby NGV. I picked up a flyer in the foyer and saw this epic wall of flowers, which turned out to be their new kids exhibition Open House: Tromarama for Kids so we headed straight there to see if we could shoot against the wall, and well the rest was history. So happy we stumbled upon it, it's so Kimye's wedding!

I love Maude Studio's unique collection of shiny metallic bags, and am so happy with this cute little bucket bag. It's perfect for events and always gets compliments.

Metallic Lilac Bag Maude Studio
Fake nails Kmart stick on nails
Flower bangle Tsumori Chisato
Triangle ring Gorman from their Gorman Surprise outlet store on Bridge Road
Gold flower ring Marc by Marc Jacobs
Pink bow ring Tokyo's Tokyo at Omohara Tokyu Plaza

Loving that wall!

I really wanted a pink Fuji Instax for my birthday this year but Henry refused to buy me a "toy" - even though he asked for and I bought him a remote control helicopter for his. Luckily my brother came to the rescue and bought me the camera as he understood how, no it's not just a toy it's a creative outlet, thanks bro!

Pink camera Fuji Instax Mini 8

So happy! My Uniqlo HeatTech skivvy keeps me so warm, I'm going to stock up on more before winter is over!

I bought the case for my Fuji Instax on ebay, and have been buying all my film there too as it's just so much cheaper than it is here in Australia.

I have been living in these shoes ever since I bought them. They go with all my outfits, pink is my neutral afterall!

Pink Brogues Topshop

A little Fuji Instax pink polkadot photoshoot in the Open House: Tromarama for Kids exhibition at the NGV! Such fun little mementos of a really fun day!

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Down the Rabbit Hole

Remember late last year when I was flown to Brisbane for the opening of that amazing Japanese Fashion exhibition at QAGOMA? Well the above dress is what I had dreamed of wearing to the opening, by local Melbourne label Alpha 60 it has that modern Japanese sensibility to it and I wanted to represent some local Melbourne design at the event. However at the time this dress did not fit me at all, so I had to make other outfit plans - but I never forgot the dress. Since then I've been on a bit of a journey, both of the emotional and physical kind, and part of that journey was signing up for a weight loss trial with a local university and I've lost 20kgs so far. Previously I had never in my life actively tried to lose weight, I was happy as I was, and even now I am completely comfortable with being whatever size I may be, big or small I am still 100% body positive. I did this for me and I am proud that I have lost the weight but I do know that me doing this won't make everyone happy in the fatosphere and there could be a backlash which is why I've not really addressed it before today, even though people have noticed in the comments. At this point I'm still fat, I still happily identify as fat, and I'm not currently trying to lose any more weight. Right now, even more so than before, I sit in that awkward "inbetweenie" size range where I can fit into certain pieces in straight sized stores and still fit into plus size clothing too. As you all know I've always shopped and worn both plus size and straight sized clothes but now I just have more options in the straight sized clothing world, and this dress is one of them. It was such a freaking surprise that this fit me, I saw it sitting in the Alpha 60 outlet store in Fitzroy and remembered how much I had wanted it to fit just a few months ago for that opening night in Brisbane, so I decided to try it on. I honestly could not believe it got on, surely I hadn't lost that much weight? I don't really see it when I look in the mirror, I only notice it when I go to wear an old favourite skirt and it won't stay up, or in this instance something I really wanted but couldn't get over my head in the past in size L would now fit me in the size M. FYI sizing is weird and arbitrary, every store is different and if there's one thing I've learnt over the years it is it pays to always try things on. I'm still plus size, but I fit more into the size 14-16 bracket now, I still can't go into most stores and have something fit, but when I can it honestly is mind blowing. I can't imagine what it's like to have that be every single shop in every single street, that is a heck of a lot of choice, I'm not sure I or my wallet could handle it, especially considering my old rule of if it fits I buy it because finding something that fit was so rare. Experiencing some elements of thin privilege for the first time is certainly an eye opener and for now I'm happy to stay in this happy middle ground, but who knows what the future may bring? I may not be able to maintain the weight loss, which I know from extensive reading and the doctors I've been seeing is extremely common as your body is naturally fighting to go back to its set point weight. The weight loss industry feeds off this, and blames the dieters for going back to their old habits creating a never ending cycle of profit off the backs of people who then get depressed and blame themselves. I'm glad I've still never paid a single cent to the diet industry, not that there's anything wrong with you if you have. Eeeep this is meant to be about a dress and not an essay on my feelings about the evilness of the diet industry. This dress is what dreams are made of, white spotty silk goodness, I'm so happy that eventually we were able to be together.

White spotty dress Alpha60 Clearance Store
Gold satchel bag Comme des Garçons x Cambridge Satchel Co collaboration piece
Gold bunny mask H&M
Gold clogs Funkis
Gold flakes resin bangle Sly Pony
Gold pom pom bracelet Poms Jewellery
Gold flower ring Marc by Marc Jacobs,
Gold nails Kmart press on nails, only $2!

I found this amazing gold bunny ears mask whilst cutting through H&M one night as it was raining outside. It was just sitting there with a giant red $2 sticker, and as much as it pains me to buy anything at H&M because I deplore their unethical factory conditions, I also really loved this mask. I've spoken before on my relationship with cheap fast fashion and preferring to steer clear as much as possible, but I also indulge very occasionally when something really stands out and catches my eye. Personally I believe I do the best I can and really it is up to the corporations to do better and not the individual entirely, yes I can and do mostly take my money elsewhere but sometimes I don't and that's okay too. Basically guys, this mask was cute, and hey, at least I'm talking about the issues of shopping at H&M and not glossing over it with pretty pictures like 99% of the blogosphere out there?

I am so in love with this bag! It's a Comme des Garçons x Cambridge Satchel Co collaboration piece that I found on a buy and sell facebook page. Such a fun bag to wear, and I love how I now have accidentally collected a bunch of gold accessories to pair with it, even down to my gold press on nails which were another cheapo $2 score this time from Kmart (who have signed the Oxfam accord, so potentially not as unethical as H&M but you can never be 100% sure).

Gold satchel bag Comme des Garçons x Cambridge Satchel Co collaboration piece
Gold flakes resin bangle Sly Pony
Gold pom pom bracelet Poms Jewellery
Gold flower ring Marc by Marc Jacobs,
Gold nails Kmart press on nails, only $2!

I have always wanted a pair of Funkis clogs, and as I was walking through the city one night I noticed they were having a big sale at their Strand Arcade store in Melbourne. I got these for only $60, quite the score, and this time the bargain is an ethical one! I think I'm having a bit of a gold moment hey?

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Colour Pop Winter Layering

I don't believe in basics, well not in the way that nearly every magazine or fashion blog preaches their importance to your wardrobe - "The 10 must have winter basics you need have in your wardrobe now" with a list of mostly black, white and denim pieces that are all incredibly boring to my eye. For me my winter wardrobe basics are of the loud and bold variety, sure I need a raincoat but make mine yellow with bright flowers all over it. Pink tights replace black tights, a cute pink beanie instead of a grey one, pink patterned gloves and so on, you get the picture - give me all the colour please! As Buzzfeed said recently of my style it's "retro meets rainbow, and shows that bright colours shouldn't be confined to the warmer months"!!! These photos were taken on a cold and rainy day whilst we were away in Daylesford, at beautiful Lake Daylesford. Did I mention it was absolutely freezing cold and lightly raining when we decided to walk around the lake? Thankfully I had my trusty and oh so bright Tsumori Chisato raincoat to layer over my outfit to keep the rain at bay, which had all the Daylesford locals and tourists starring at me as I was the brightest person in the whole town that day.

Outfit details
Yellow flower raincoat Tsumori Chisato
Pink leather jacket Gorman
Neoprene tie dye co-ord jumper and skirt Shakuhachi no longer available but the dress is on sale at David Jones
Pink tights Kardashian Kollection from Woolies
Pink glasses Bespecd Nara's in Rose Pink
Pink ear muffs Daiso
Pink beanie Daiso
Lilac backpack Little shop in the main street in Noosa
Brogues Gorman

Underneath the raincoat I was wearing my trusty pink Gorman leather jacket which kept me toasty warm. A biker jacket is a must have piece for winter in my opinion, and I love owning one in statement making pink!

My outfit was this Shakuhachi two piece co-ord tie dye neoprene jumper and mini skirt that I picked up at their store in the Emporium on sale. Neoprene get's a bad rep from a lot of people who don't like the texture, personally I find it really warm and comfy and I love how bright this set is.

Protected from the rain in my hooded raincoat from Tsumori Chisato. My Daiso gloves help keep me warm too.

Pink gloves Daiso
Yellow flower raincoat Tsumori Chisato
Lilac backpack Little shop in the main street in Noosa

As does my Daiso beanie and earmuffs! Perfect winter basics in my favourite shade of pink!

Pink ear muffs Daiso
Pink beanie Daiso
Pink pom pom earrings Poms Jewellery

Flower bangle Tsumori Chisato, was my bday pressie from my bff!!!
Triangle ring Gorman from their Gorman Surprise outlet store on Bridge Road
Gold flower ring Marc by Marc Jacobs, was my bday pressie from Henry!!!

I'm super excited to announce that I'm teaching a class with Lady Petrova at her School of Fabulousness all about finding YOU & YOUR PERSONAL STYLE on September 19! In this insightful class, Fashion Hayley & Lady Petrova will teach you how to create your own signature look and fine tune your style identity. We will also help you with your self confidence and teach you the tools so you know what styles, colours and silhouettes suit you & your figure best. 100% Body Positive, Fun, Quirky and Insightful! For more information and to secure your spot please click here.  I can't wait to meet you all (。♥‿♥。)

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Daylesford Birthday

I had the most incredible weekend away for my birthday this year. Henry and I took the v-line train to Daylesford, a stunning country town about two hours from the city of Melbourne known as the spa capital of Australia. As we don't drive we didn't get to visit the nearby Hepburn Springs as well, but in our short two day visit we sure packed a lot in. Walking around the town is pretty easy, although all the tourism does seem to be set up for those that drive as we were often advised something was just a quick 5 minute drive away and then when walking there were no footpaths, or footpaths that suddenly take you up people's driveways and to their house. We did eventually make it to all our destinations though, the beautiful Lake Daylesford, the old Convent Gallery and tea house and the epic vintage store that is the Mills Markets as well as taking advantage of the previously mentioned Spa's with a relaxing massage and facial for me, a wonderful birthday treat. All of our adventures were documented over on my instagram. On day one we walked up to the Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, to take in the scenery and snap these outfit photos. My dress is a bit wrinkled from spending over two hours sitting on the train, but oh well I still looked cute!

Outfit details
Pink leather jacket Gorman
Blue embroidered dress Miranda Skoczek for Gorman
Pink tights Kardashian Kollection from Woolies
Pink glasses Bespecd Nara's in Rose Pink
Pink ear muffs Daiso
Pink beanie Daiso
Pink gloves Daiso
Lilac backpack Little shop in the main street in Noosa
Brogues Gorman

It was absolutely freezing cold! Luckily I was prepared for this and had brought with my my cute pink ear muffs, beanie and gloves all from Daiso!

I just love my super cute Daiso gloves, you can't beat them for $2.80!

The Miranda Skoczek x Gorman collaboration is so amazing. This dress is the Team Miranda dress, I love everything about it from the name to the cute applique motifs to the cut. The perfect winter dress for me, I am living for jumper dresses these days.

The last time I went to Daylesford was on a school trip many many years ago. All I remember from that trip of our shot stop in the town was there was a lolly shop that sold giant chocolate freckles and I knew I wanted to see if they still did. So we found the shop, on the main street of the town and found what I thought were the giant freckles but were in fact just medium sized ones as right up the back was this giant thing. Of course we had to buy it even though Henry grumbled over the $20 price tag, but hey it was my birthday! It was actually pretty delicious, and a lot of fun too!

Flower bangle Tsumori Chisato, was my bday pressie from my bff!!!
Triangle ring Gorman from their Gorman Surprise outlet store on Bridge Road
Gold flower ring Marc by Marc Jacobs, was my bday pressie from Henry!!!
Pink bow ring Tokyo's Tokyo at Omohara Tokyu Plaza
Pink pom pom earrings Poms Jewellery

Super cute cut out brogues with copper detailing. I love that with the cut out detail when wearing bright tights you can see them poke through. For some reason that makes me very very happy haha!

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Monday, June 8, 2015


Everybody's favourite coffee scrub Frank Body has branched out and launched an amazing coffee infused skincare line for your FACE! Their dirty little secret was revealed at a fun filled pink themed party the other week - think pink walls, pink balloons, pink mini polaroids, pink dressing gowns and pink hoola hoops! Basically it was my kinda party - a pink party!

Social media-ing at the event, a little bit of upskirt action too haha.

Me with some of the models, I don't know what I was doing with my hand, but I do know I was having fun!

All the guests came away with the new range to test out for ourselves, how very lucky! I really love the packaging with the hints of pink and minimal design it's very chic!

As you can see I was very excited to test out the new Frank Body face range! A big positive with the Frank Body range is that it's not tested on animals, as the packaging says it's "only tested on babes" so that gets a big thumbs up from me! I've been using the products for just over two weeks now in order to give you my honest opinion on if and how they work.

First up was the Creamy Face Scrub - made with a blend of freshly roasted and ground Robusta Coffee to scrub away dry flakey skin, White Clay to help detoxify the skin helping to clean, nourish and soothe all skin types, Rosehip Oil which helps to regenerate skill cells and repair damaged skin tissue and Coconut, Grape Seed & Sweet Almond Oils which are rich in vitamins and minerals and are perfect for hydrating the skin. I have very sensitive skin and found this scrub didn't irritate my skin at all which I have often found with other face scrubs - it says in the flyer that it's rough and gentle all at once which is the best way to describe it as it leaves my skin feeling exfoliated yet moisturised at the same time, and after using it for about two weeks now my skin is feeling softer than ever before! And as much as it looks like poo when smeared all over my face this is definitely a repurchase item for me as it really seems to work wonders on my skin!

Next up is the Creamy Face Cleanser.  With Green Coffee Extract which has a high caffeine content that stimulates blood flow targeting psoriasis, eczema and acne, Marshmallow Root & Echinacea Extract which help to reduce puffiness and skin inflammation, Charcoal which you may be familiar with in Asian face masks targeting all your impurities, well the same applies here as the charcoal helps to draw out bacteria, dirt, chemicals and left over makeup (and it really does the job well) as well as the moisturising Coconut, Grape Seed & Sweet Almond Oils that importantly don't clog your pores! This cleanser has fast become my go to of a morning to cleanse away any left over makeup my usual Bioderma missed the night before, and a few times per week I like to use it with my Clarisonic for a really deep clean. I really feel that the charcoal element is what sets this cleanser apart and makes it work as well as I believe it does. Another repurchase item for me!

Lastly is the Everyday Face Moisturiser. This again has Green Coffee Extract, this time the caffeine and high levels of amino acids rejuvenate the skin, improving firmness and texture while reducig redness, Cocoa & Shea Butters are deeply hydrating which is obviously important in a moisturiser, Vitamin E a powerful antioxidant that targets dryness, acne and fine lines and Coconut, Grape Seed & Sweet Almond Oils which help to tighten and tone skin and are great at targeting breakouts.  Personally with a daily face moisturiser I prefer to use a combined sunscreen and moisturiser all in one as I do live in Australia after all and sun damage is a daily battle here. Sadly the Frank Body moisturiser doesn't contain any SPF but I do love that it is an all natural product not tested on animals. I would recommend it for someone who was after an all natural daily moisturiser that does work at reducing those fine lines and it really does leave my skin feeling smoother than a babies bottom. If it did have sunscreen I would love this product but as it stands I'll only use it at night as a night cream.

Thanks Frank Body for letting me get dirty with your new face range. I had a blast at the party and loved trying out the products for you all xoxo